This Week at
Forrest Burdette
Memorial UMC
2848 Putnam Avenue
Hurricane WV 25526
Monday, January 8
9:30 a.m. Preventicare -Little Narthex
6:00 p.m.  Emmaus Men's Group -110
6:00 p.m.  Emmaus Women's Reunion -Little Narthex
No Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts because of school cancellation   
 7:00 p.m.  Mission Outreach -201
8:00 p.m.  AA -308
Tuesday, January 9
9:30 a.m. Y.A.H. Quilters -111
10:00 a.m. C ommunity Cupboard
6:30 p.m. Hooks & Needles -201
Wednesday, January 10
9:30 a.m. Preventicare -Little Narthex
10:45 a.m. Midweek Bible Study -111
No Wesley Circle this month
6:30 p.m. Small Groups
6:30 p.m. C.O.O.L. Kids -Sanctuary
6:30 p.m. Uth -Basement
7:30 p.m. Praise Band -Sanctuary
Thursday, January 11
10:00 a.m. Circle of Friends -111
6:00 p.m. ACDS -111
7:00 p.m. Choir Practice -Sanctuary
Friday, January 12
9:30 a.m. Preventicare -Little Narthex
10:00 a.m. C ommunity Cupboard
Saturday, January 13
7:30 a.m. Emmaus Prayer Group -110
Sunday, January 14
Baptism of the Lord
Service of Baptismal Renewal
Human Relations Day
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18  
"You Know Me"
8:30 a.m. Worship
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship
5:00 p.m. Handbells -Choir Rm
6:00 p.m. Men's Group -111
6:00 p.m. Worship -Chapel
8:00 p.m. Men's "Pick-Up" Basketball
Upcoming Events
January 19-21: Winter Retreat to Resurrection Youth Conference, Pigeon Forge, TN.
April 27-28: Bus trip to Sight & Sound Theater, Lancaster PA, to see the production "Jesus". $220 per person. Sign up at the Connection Center desk; see Don Gatewood with questions .


 January 8, 2018

       It is January 8, 2018, and the Christmas season is now concluded! There were so many beautiful things that happened throughout this time, and I am thankful for them all.  The season was off to a wonderful start for my family as we watched Christian and all the other children who presented the wonderful musical under JaynĂ©'s able direction.  It was a wonderful evening and Christian's first play.  I thought the kids' singing was especially outstanding, but it was all excellent.  On Friday evening, December 8, I was invited to perform for the Bishop's Christmas banquet at the Marriott in Charleston.  It was an honor and pleasure to meet the cabinet, renew some friendships, and make some new ones.  For many weeks the choir and orchestra rehearsed for the December 10 cantata, and it was amazing to see how it came together in the end. I felt it really had that indescribable "Christmas feel" and am glad I could contribute to it.  Some musicians that participated had not played for 10+ and even 20+ years!  After two cantata presentations I was off to accompany a community choir presentation of "Messiah." Of course the traditional Christmas Eve services were beautiful and well-attended. On December 29, Donna and I hosted a house concert/party for choir and orchestra members and thoroughly enjoyed the time together with our musical family and their spouses. 
     Now on to new challenges in 2018.  I hope to continue to unlock the secrets still waiting to be found in the Harrrah Symphonic Organ. What an awesome and wonderful creation it is.  Please keep it's designer, Allen Harrah, in your prayers as he moves on after great health concerns.  I have composed about fifteen new solo piano pieces and hope to record them this year.  Please keep me in your prayers as I work to provide quality musical accompaniment and offerings for worship at Forrest Burdette.
Mike Barnhouse
Wednesday Night Live Classes
Beginning THIS WEEK, January 10, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Conley, Cunningham, Delph, & Gatewood Groups
Four of our 5 Wednesday Night Groups will be studying the 12 week "Disciple Fast Track - New Testament" . The 4 different groups will be led by Ellis Conley, Debby Cunningham, Ron Delph, and Don Gatewood. This 12 week study will focus on Key Words such as Disciple, Good News, Least, Life, Power, Conversion, Justified, Love, Freedom, Sacrifice, Victory, and Ministry. Class participants are asked to read assigned Scripture daily to prepare for each week's class.
Chris Clark: Christian Basics - New Testament Overview
Join us as we fellowship together and study the New Testament initially by examining major themes and then by diving into each Book to focus on what the Lord is saying to the Church and how we should respond.
Youth - All Middle School and High School students are welcome each Wednesday night, downstairs from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join us for fun, fellowship, and small groups. Feel free to come hang out early from 6:00 - 6:30!
Children - Wednesday COOL Kids is a time of fun, music, and growing!  "Dig In" where kids learn from deeper Bible experiences.  Three classes make learning easy for little ones: Preschool (age 2+); K-2 nd grade; and 3 rd -5 th grade.  In Kids Choir, children learn songs and praise God through music.  Come join us on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.!   Nursery for under 2's is provided.
Ellis Conley - Midweek Daytime Bible Study
Wednesdays, 10:45 a.m., begins January 10
Disciples Fast Track - New Testament : This 12 week study will focus on Key Words such as Disciple, Good News, Least, Life, Power, Conversion, Justified, Love, Freedom, Sacrifice, Victory, and Ministry. Class participants are asked to read assigned Scripture daily to prepare for each week's class.
Kyle Goode - Circle of Friends
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m., begins January 11
"The Remarkable Women of the Bible" by Elizabeth George: In this inspiring look at the lives of women in the Bible, bestselling author Elizabeth George reveals refreshing models of faith for today. Stories about Eve, Deborah, Sarah, Ruth, Mary, and other women from Scripture offer testimonies of changed lives and reflections on the remarkable strengths God cultivates in women who love Him.
Registration: Register for classes at the Connection Center in the Narthex, through the church office, 304-562-5903, or just show up! Dinner: With the Kitchen renovations, we will not be able to provide Wednesday dinners. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.
"Pigment of My Imagination" Classes
Tired of this cold weather?  Come and paint a beach scene titled "Wish I was here..."   Two classes will be available, Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14, both 3-5 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall.  Cost is $20 ($15 for the second member of your family).  Proceeds go to the building fund.  No talent required!  Julie Conley will walk you through each step.  Please call the office to sign up (304-562-5903), or check the sign up sheet at the connection center.
Lenten Bow Making
Tuesday, January 16, 6 - 8 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Help the Mission Outreach Team and the Girl Scouts make bows to hang on our doors or mailboxes during Lent.                                                             
BackPack Buddies 2018 Schedule
We are sending nonperishable food home with over 80 students each weekend. Please remember this ministry as you are doing your grocery shopping. We also accept monetary donations and donations of gently used plastic grocery bags. The gray cart is in the Narthex. The 2018 sign up sheet for packing bags is available at the Connection Center. Help us be the hands and feet of Christ to these children.
Church's Response to the Drug Crisis
Rev. Dr. Barry Ball will offer a presentation on the church's response to the drug crisis and will give information about the nature of addiction and how our churches can be a resource to our communities in addressing this crisis.  Barry's presentation will be January 16, 2018, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Pea Ridge UMC (5747 East Pea Ridge Road, Huntington WV 25705).  Everyone is welcome!     
2018 Disciplines
Upper Room Disciplines for 2018 (daily devotional guides) are available for $5 at the Connection Center.
Help Wanted
Forrest Burdette is looking to hire an additional custodian, full time with a flexible schedule. Contact Gary Robson to inquire, 304-552-7521.
Construction Update
Things are moving along with the Byrd Hall renovation and kitchen. The staircase is complete in Byrd Hall, and they are working with some of the kitchen demolition which is requiring extreme support for walls. Progress is slow visibly, but everything seems to be moving well. With the cold weather the demolition of Byrd Hall is slightly delayed.
This Week's Birthdays
1/8 -  Terri Brookshire, Curtis Ferguson
1/9 - Leigh Anna Bennett, Shannon Lawman, Hilda Mynes
1/10 - Lois Brewer, Lori Folio, Bob Sauvageot
1/11 - Sara Davis, Joshua Johnson, Brent Nelson, Mary Smith, Jennifer York
1/12 - Megan Fisher, Cindy Hinshaw, Logan Jackson, Jennifer Romeo, Doug Ward , Lauren Ward
1/13 - Joshua Campbell, Julie Cremeans, Drew Johnson, Josh Shaffer
1/14 - Tiffany Bryan, Frances Meredith
Coming Up this Sunday
January 14, 2018
Baptism of the Lord, Service of Baptismal Renewal
Human Relations Day
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18   "You Know Me"